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Clerical Issues: New Design and Community Civility

Some of you may have noticed that the site looks a bit different today. Hopefully, the new format creates a cleaner look, especially in regards to the sidebar boxes. But I understand that people aren't always crazy about change, and might not like some aspects of this re-design.

(There are some things I don't like, such as the size of the headlines, and the lack of double-spacing in comments. The comments thing is being addressed.)

So if you have any thoughts on the matter, this is the place to post them. It would help SBN and its individual bloggers to get some input on what you might or might not like. Any opinions or suggestions you have to offer would be appreciated.

One More Thing:

This applies to a very small slice of the BYB community, but I think it's worth posting here for all to see. It's been brought to my attention that a commenter was sent an insulting e-mail in regards to an argument that may have gotten out of hand in one of the previous threads.

I can't believe that this needs to be said, but apparently, it does to some people. This is extremely troubling. There is not a single discussion taking place on this site that should be taken so seriously as to send a personal attack through e-mail. And if you do take yourself that seriously, you should consider doing something else.

I hope this is a very isolated incident, but if I find out that more of this type of stuff is going on and discover who's responsible, the banhammer is coming down swiftly. It won't matter what your standing is in this community and what you've contributed.

Obviously, disagreements are going to take place. Plenty of us have strong opinions about a variety of subjects, and are passionate about them. Opposing arguments aren't personal attacks. Learn to play nice with others. It's not like we're discussing a public option for health care here; we're talking baseball.

I'm sorry I had to bother you with this today, but I felt it needed to be addressed. If anyone has any questions or concerns, e-mail me at Thank you, and carry on with your day.